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Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

A Warm, Rosy Shade for Spring

Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, rosy coral with a frosted finish. Applied, it seems to take on a rosier appearance (less coral) due to the natural pink tones in my lip color. Chanel Orchidee is redder. Revlon Pink Truffle is comparable in color but has a glossier, less frosted finish. Thierry Mugler Feeling is brighter. NARS Mayflower has less frost and is a touch redder. Rimmel Latino is less warm-toned.

Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and a “burst” of color. Most of the Rouge Automatiques deliver a fair amount of color with translucency, so the natural lip color peeks through; this has the effect of a more natural lip color, because it doesn’t look like something else layered on your lips as a more opaque cream finish might. Ballade is semi-opaque with that subtle translucency. It has a creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t feel too thick or too thin, and it wears for five hours and is hydrating while worn. The lipstick range is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it is packaged in a tube that opens with a slider.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Ballade
Ballade
Ballade
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Bold Shade for Spring

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-berry with iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Clinique Grandest Grape is redder and doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Rebel is nearly identical in color but doesn’t have the fuchsia shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is redder, less berry. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is a bit darker, redder, less shimmery.

The Shine Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing, hydrating, and contain “pearl particles to give lips discreet yet exceptional shine.” Flirt is mostly opaque on lips, and it has a thin, balm-like consistency that glides easily across lips and never pulls or drags.  The thinner texture, though, means the sparkle is very slightly noticeable after a few hours of wear.  It deposits even color that lasted for six and a half hours on me. I didn’t have any issues with the dark berry color feathering or bleeding along the edges of my lips.  The formula is comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and moisturizing both during and after wear.  It is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it comes in a slide-up tube.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Flirt
Flirt
Flirt
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac rosewood.” It is a reddened plum with soft pink shimmer. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is very similar, but it is a sheerer formula, so it looks lighter applied. MAC Lap of Luxury is a touchd arker and has less shimmer.

The Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss (whew! that’s a mouthful) is supposed to be a color-rich, non-sticky, and high-shine. Merveille applies easily with opaque color–and lots of shimmer. The size of the shimmer is fine but noticeable, so it reflects and catches the light well, giving lips a very sparkling look.  It’s incredibly comfortable to wear–very hydrating–and lasts for five hours.  The tapered doe-foot applicator tapers on both ends, and it actually fits the natural curve of the lip well for application.  The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and it never gets tacky.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Merveille
Merveille
Merveille
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (2012)

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s a neon, blue-based pink with a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar–it’s a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

It’s definitely a show-stopping shade that is bound to get attention. I have reviewed it here previously, but here are some swatches I did of it today. It has a matte finish, so it applies more opaquely. It is creamy enough not to tug on lips or feel like a really dry matte (think Ruby Woo). This shade always stains my lips, and it usually wears for six to eight hours. While not hydrating, it wasn’t at all drying, and it was a very comfortable matte to wear. It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste.

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (2012)

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling, Shimmery Pink of a Gloss

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 MSRP for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with fuchsia and silver shimmer and sparkle. Burberry Hibiscus is similar in color but has no shimmer at all. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter and has finer shimmer (and less of it). MAC Radiant Jewels is redder with less sparkle. MAC Electric Fuchsia is lighter.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is supposed to offer eight-hour wear with sheer, luminous color. I wish they wouldn’t make such an extravagant claim, because eight-hours of shiny, glossy wear? is not something you find often, if at all. This shade wears well for five hours, but the glossiness fades after three and a half hours, though the sparkle does not travel. After eight hours, there are still a few bits of shimmer but the color is gone. The texture is thin but incredibly sticky. Dazzle Me is semi-sheer in color with enough sparkle to give lips a good shimmer and shine.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this gloss formula, because the shimmer they use sparkles beautifully, but the thin consistency means you can feel the grit of the sparkle. I noticed the grit of the sparkle less so in this shade than I have in others, and the scent was sweet and fruity but not medicinal (some of them are that way).  It comes with a tapered, angled doe-foot applicator (similar to Lancome’s Color Fever Glosses).

L'Oreal Infallible 8-HR Le Gloss Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss

A Gold Lipgloss for the Season

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a dirty, antique gold with a green-ish tinge and warmer, bronzy gold shimmer. It’s probably a shock to no one that I don’t have a laundry list of dupes for this shade–in fact, I couldn’t think of anything all that similar. MAC Liquid Lurex had a similar coloring in the tube, but it’s very sheer and glittery. OCC Triptych is warm, yellow-y gold. It’s different, and it’s certainly not a shade for everyone, but I’m really glad I picked it up. I think you can lightly dab it over various lipsticks/glosses to add a metallic shimmer if wearing it on its own isn’t your style.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly overall.  The Intense Lipgloss formula is designed to give rich color with a high shine finish.  It’s supposed to have a non-sticky texture, and there was no tack in the gloss to speak of.  It delivered a lot of color (and a ton of shimmer), and the finish was a bit glossy but very metallic.  Stranger lasted five hours on me, which is longer than average for a gloss. While worn, it was neither drying nor hydrating. The only downside is that ever since Illamasqua switched to brush-type applicator, nearly all of mine have had wonky, splayed brushes.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger
Stranger
Stranger
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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